Steven Pagano

Composer, Singer, Producer

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After composing at Hans Zimmer's Bleeding Fingers for two years, Steven has written for a variety of tv shows on various networks. He now owns a recording studio in Los Angeles, CA and takes on projects from producing artists to composing for tv and film. Steven is a graduate at Berklee College of Music with a degree in Writing and Production.

Steven's goal is to achieve the highest quality possible from writing to production and mixing while staying true to the original vision of the client. Wide variety of taste and enjoy working in all genres. Multi-instrumentalist.

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Reviews (7)

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  1. Review by 375 M.
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    Steve’s the real deal! Professional and good to work with.

  2. Review by Josh Canevari
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    I've worked with Steve for the last couple years both co-writing and producing. He is an amazing songwriter and a great producer. I would recommend him to anyone!

  3. Review by Nick Monahan
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    I've worked with Steve for several years on various projects. He is my go to producer/songwriter. He can take your project to the highest level possible. Always a great hang too.

  4. Review by Kaleab Samuel
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    Dude he is literally the most talented individual I've ever had the luxury of working with! He's very hands on, understanding of the process, and is extremely gifted in a variety of different instruments! He knows exactly how to read and accommodate with who ever he's working with and I can proudly say that working with him was extremely awesome!

  5. Review by Anthony
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    Steves a great guy to work with! Very chill and professional!

  6. Review by Roger Rivera
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    Steve is a joy to be around in the studio and he really listens to what you have to say. He tries to see your vision and guide your music the best way possible. What some may consider the wrong way, Steve considers it another avenue to new discoveries. Best of all he's honest. I give him 5 stars.

  7. Review by Mario Borgatta
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    I have worked with Steve for a very long time now. He is an extremely talented musician. There is no doubt he is one of the best producers and songwriters I know. I highly recommend hiring Steve for almost any part of your project, from writing, production, mixing and any instrumentation.

Interview with Steven Pagano

  1. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  2. A: Though I'm not a snob about it, I do prefer analog when possible. Other than the warmth and imperfections that make it beautiful, it feels like a much more artistic approach to creating music. And at the end of the day, this is art we're making..

  3. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  4. A: A macbook, midi controller, a martin acoustic, an 808 and a 1073

  5. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  6. A: Use more cowbell!

  7. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  8. A: I mostly work on different types of indie music and I try to find ways of making interesting ideas and sounds more relatable to the common listener. I guess I would say that my ultimate goal is to turn a weird song turn into a hit song.

  9. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  10. A: My strongest skill would probably be melody. I come from a writing background so that has been a focus of mine from the beginning.

  11. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  12. A: I try expand on ideas, push the melody a step further and strengthen the powerful moments of a song. I also have a collection of synths that I use to add color to a production. And finally, I put a ton of attention to detail on drum programming.

  13. Q: What's your typical work process?

  14. A: Work process is mostly different from project to project. Fundamentally, my process normally begins with focus on refining the writing. That to me, is the most important part of almost any production. After the melody, structure and lyrics are tweaked, I typically move on to basic production and tracking which includes drum programming, guitars, synths, ect.. After tracking is complete, edits are made, fx are added and a rough mix is put together for a final vocal session. Vocals are another crucial part to the process. Time is spent getting the right takes, harmonies, comping and editing. When vocals are complete, the session is transferred to a mix session and the mixing process is ongoing until the client and myself are happy.

  15. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  16. A: My studio setup consists of a UAD Apollo Quad w/ an octo satellite, many mics (Neumann U87, sm7b, akgc414) analog synths (Juno 60, Juno 106, Korg Polysix, Moog Sub37), and many more guitars and basses and keyboards (Les Paul custom, Hastrum, Fender Rhodes). Projects are typically constructed and produced on Logic and mixed using Pro Tools.

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  • Logic X - Pro Tools 12 - Cubase 8 - Moog Sub37 - Juno 60 - Juno 106 - Korg Ploysix - Farfisa - Virus TI2 - NS10 - Echoplex - LA610 - Neumann U87 - UAD - Smart Research C1 - Dan Alexander 1073 - SSL xLogic Alpha - Bock 251 - Fairchild 610
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